South London Gallery
The South London Gallery is a publicly funded space, and with the London Borough of Southwark taking over responsibility in 1965, it is strongly rooted within its South London Camberwell community – only a few doors down from the prolific Camberwell College of Arts, its a well-loved haunt of the local students and arts communities, but also gazes internationally.
A changing calendar of exhibitions, usually five per year, sees a variety of international, and mostly contemporary artists take over the two levels of galleries. Recent exhibitions have included solo shows from Rashid Johnson (the first of his in the UK), and Oscar Murillo.
The SLG has a history of hosting these career launching, and career defining exhibitions – perhaps the most notable part of its history was the Carl Freedman curated show Minky Manky of 1995, which featured a handful of now household name young British artists – Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, and Damien Hirst, and the first ever display of Tracey Emin’s notorious Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963 -1995. This exhibition alone put SLG on the map – as well as opening new life for British Art in the YBAs.
Solidifying Emin’s status, the gallery went on to host I Need Art Like I Need God, a solo exhibition of her work, two years later. The residue of the gallery’s involvement with the YBA movement still feels visible today, permeating the bright white space, treating every show with the attention and excitement of the 90s.
SLG also holds and excellent residency programme, inviting international artists to work in the space every year, and a fantastic calendar of other events, including film showings and talks series.
Squeezed into the Victorian terraced house that makes up the SLG’s extension, No67’s daily lunches and weekend brunches, with freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee and fair trade teas are hugely popular amongst the local crowd. It also hosts regular Supper Clubs, inviting chefs to cook up one-off specials.
The SLG Shop offers a finely curated selection of books, magazines, catalogues, music, postcards, artist editions, and artist monographs. Special attention is given to local publishers and exhibited artists, helping make this a fantastic collection of items well worth perusing.
65-67 Peckham Rd
SE5 8UH020 7703 6120
Tuesday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Wednesdays 11.00 – 21.00
Bus: Southampton Way (Numbers 12, 36, 136, 171, 343, 345 and 436)